May 26, 2011 in Captain's Blog
Balliol’s first women’s eight competed in Bedford Regatta on the 14 May – a show known to give us many a trophy over the years. Unfortunately this year saw two injured crew members – one of whom had to be replaced from the start by one of last year’s Headship crew, and the other of whom managed struggle through the first two races with an injured arm but then had to be replaced by an external sub. Nevertheless, the performance put in benefited from experience over the three races with the crew winning their WIM3 race against City of Cambridge by 3 lengths and their college event race against Christ’s College by 4 lengths. By the third race the crew had found a good rhythm but let Hertford creep up on them to take it, and in the final round of WIM3 tiredness was beginning to really take its toll and consequently we lost to Bedford High School/Dame Alice.
With one week to go until Summer Eights tensions are running high. We have very recently lost one of our most experienced crew members to injury and as such it’s going to be a battle to replace her.
Fingers crossed for next week…